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Friday, May 1, 2015

Aurifil Love

When I first got my Long Arm, Brutus, we had a long love-hate relationship.  At the very beginning, I loved him, he didn’t act like he even liked me.  During these first months (yeah, months) I tried so many thread combinations, tension settings and the like, that when he FINALLY found something he liked, I just accepted his choice.  For 2 years we have been brand loyal to Signature 40 weight in the top & Aurifil 50 in the bobbin.

Thinking Brutus and I were ready to take our relationship to the next level, I bought cones of Superior threads Omni and Glide.  Both poly threads.  I have had moderate success with Omni, but Brutus just does not like Glide.  Either he messes with the tension, or he shreds that thread like the monster we both know him to be.

My original plan for this quilt was to use Glide in a dark gray on top and Aurifil 50wt #2605 in the bobbin.  Since Brutus decided to spit up the Glide, again, I decided to give the Aurifil 40wt another shot in the top.  I tried this once early on, and had issues, but back then Brutus had issues with everything.  I just so happened to have #2605 in 40wt too, so with skepticism, I threaded it up.

I was stoked to see that he has warmed to Aurifil 40 in the top.  I have quite a collection of 40 wt Aurifil, so this opens some great options for me this summer! 

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This is a customer’s quilt.  She used a Missouri Star video tute, but I couldn’t find it at first glance.  You can look for it on their youtube channel.  I quilted this quilt with Quilter’s Dream Black Poly.  It added great dimension to the quilting I think.

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One day I will get Brutus to love Glide.  Until then, it’s nice to know he has a new friend in Aurifil 40wt!

{Did you know we sell the large spools (1300m @50wt and 1000m@40wt) of Aurifil for just $12.00?-check out the website for your favorite colors & share the news!}

Monday, April 27, 2015

The New FNQ blog hop party continues!

Oh yeah, the celebration is still running strong!

Check out these blogs NOW to enter while you still can!  You’ll want to add them all to your Bloglovin’!

Pat over at Life in The Scrapatch

Maryellen of Mary Mack Made Mine

Darlene from QuiltShopGal

Sarah will be hosting a giveaway starting Friday, so make a note to pop over to Confessions of a Fabrics Addict then!

Quiltweek Paducah recap

What a ton of fun!  This was our first time vending at the quilt show in Paducah & what a blast!

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Not only did we have great neighbors, a super spot, and good weather, I got to see some online buds too!  I think the pics in the Pavilion all came out with weird color, but here they are anyway

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Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict & I

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Penny Barnes & I

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Linda Thielfoldt & I

{now you know why I shy away from pics…ugh!  I was not meant to be part of the “selfie generation”}

 

Our evenings were spent enjoying good food and friends, and a couple trips to Hancock’s of Paducah.  Yes, every quilter, even shop owners, have to languish around H-of-P during quilt week.

On our way out of town, we were blessed with this beautiful double rainbow!  What a travel blessing!

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We also got to see a few of you during the show too!  We enjoyed meeting you & sharing some quilting time together.  It was fun to meet each of you who stopped by from the blog hop!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It’s #Quiltweek!

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I’m excited to bring a bushel of the shop to Paducah this week & show off our 3 new patterns for pre-cuts.  

Attending the Quiltweek festivities in Paducah is a bucket list item for most quilters for sure.  We are lucky to be just 4 hours away, making a day trip possible-which we did last year.  Now it was a loooong day, but it’s a safe bet that our whole group slept soundly that night.  I suppose the west-coaster’s and I can relate; I’d love to make it to Sisters Outdoor show one day, but the travel is pretty cumbersome.

Not only will we feature our new patterns & kits, but also have the cutest panel pattern to show you.  It’s a quick pattern to make up & will give you lots of ideas on how to use those panels you love so much.  I am currently very inspired by big blocks and panels.  Tuck that away as you think about the next round of patterns that you’ll see in Chattanooga this fall.  (For a complete list of shows where you will find me, check our Events page)

I’d love to hear if you’ve ever been to the AQS Show in Paducah or if you plan to attend.   If you are coming this year, look for me!  I am in the bubble/Pavillion (it’s like a bouncy house for quilters).  I will be about 2/3 of the way back on the right side.  I’m in the same row as Moda Fabrics, in the 4500 row.  Look for banners hanging above the aisles for help finding by number.

If you’d like a little giftie from me when you find me, just check out the giveaways we are hosting on these blogs for info!

Go check out Persimon Dreams & Quilt Shop Gal RIGHT NOW .

later this week:

Quilting Gallery: http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/

Mary Mack Made Mine: http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 17, 2015

The New FNQ Giveaway winners!

We had a blast reading all the comments and meeting all the bloggers in our recent giveaway!  Thank you for all your feedback!

We’ve drawn these 4 lucky ducks as our $25.00 gift certificate winners:

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  • Jessica
  • Laura Ferdal 
  • PK Sews
  • Missy Shay

But don’t fret if you didn’t win here on our blog!  We are sponsoring giveaways on other blogs too!

Go check out Persimon Dreams & Quilt Shop Gal RIGHT NOW to enter their $35.00 gift certificate giveaways.

Next week:

Quilting Gallery: http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/

Mary Mack Made Mine: http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Weekend of 5/1:

Confessions of a Fabric Addict:http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/

Life in the Scrapatch: http://scrapatches.blogspot.com/

and don’t forget…there’s always free US shipping on the new FNQ!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Have you entered the Blog Hop giveaways from Fabrics N Quilts this week?

We are sponsoring a month-long blog hop to introduce you to some (maybe) new-to-you bloggers and the new FabricsNQuilts.com!

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Check our blog for our giveaway and go scope out Kim from Persimon Dreams.  She’s an uber-talented quilter with a style all her own.  You’ll be amazed at her creations. http://persimondreams.blogspot.com/2015/04/fabrics-n-quilts-revamped-and-giveaway.html  Kim is also the host of Project Quilting & she’s just released an off-season challenge!

Also this week is a giveaway with Darlene over at QuiltShopGal. http://quiltshopgal.com/celebrating-a-home-remodel-web-make-over-for-fabrics-n-quilts-blog-hop-giveaways-and-fun/  Be sure to check out the drop downs from the links under her logo.  Lots of inspiration & events/linky’s, etc you definitely want to see!  She’s also hosting the Free Motion Quilting Challenge right now!  Prizes each month & free skill building techniques. 

 

Tune into these blogs next week for even more Fabrics N Quilts giveaway fun:

Quilting Gallery: http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/

Mary Mack Made Mine: http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 13, 2015

Take a look at the new Fabrics N Quilts and help us celebrate with a Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  CONGRATS TO OUR 4 WINNERS:
Jessica        Laura Ferdal          PK Sews        Missy Shay

Like a new haircut, a new home, or a new car.  There is just something about those changes that renew and rejuvenate the spirit.  So let me shed my old cocoon and show you the new butterfly that is….{drumroll please}



Pop over to the website, still at www.fabricsnquilts.com, and see all the great new features and the new look we just rolled out!
We are blown away with the great job our design firm did and recommend them highly.  If you are ever in the market, let me sing my praises to you.
So, what’s new?  Well, aren’t I glad you asked!
Let’s start with the biggie.  The one we know you will be sure to tell your friends about.
*Free US shipping on every order!  No codes, no coupons, no hoops, no minimums.  Shop online just like you were right here in person.  Imagine your annual savings by not paying another dime (EVER) for your fabric’s shipping! ahhhh
~~This doesn’t mean you will have slow shipping!  Most shipping will be via priority mail and will ship the next day after your order is received.  All US shipments include online tracking too. ~~
We’ve lowered our international rates too, including shipments under 1 pound to Canada are also FREE (via first class mail without tracking). 
We put our reputation in every package; making you happy makes us happy.
*Look how easy it is to shop by color, designer, brand, collection & style!  Just hover over those teal bars on the left & jump right to what you are looking for!  Of course you can also search by any keywords near the top of the page too.
*Once you have all your goodies in your cart, you can audition your fabrics in some quilt block designs!  Know they really work well together before they even arrive!
*You can now shop by the 1/4 yard.  Get just what you need and make your budget smile!
*Preview coming attractions-sometimes we know the next fabric line by a favorite designer is just what the Dr. ordered.  There is no need to tie up your quilting budget now for fabric that won’t be here for 6 months!  Check out our coming soon section & use the links to send us an email.  We will email you a 5% discount coupon the day the fabric arrives in the shop.  You’ll still get first delivery of the fabric, and you’ll save money on it…plus you don’t have to tie up your mad money for months in advance!
*Our Gallery is our show & tell.  Share your creations with us & we may just feature your project on our site!  We also feature our own creations and quilting too.  Always fun to have an inspiration alley!
*Gift Certificates now available in any amount and are instantly delivered!  Did you forget that today was your quilting pal’s birthday?  No problem; you can even include a personal note to be delivered with the gift certificate.
Our free patterns are also on the new site & more will be coming soon.  We will also be sharing some video tutorials in the coming months too (as soon as my camera shyness takes a leave).
To celebrate our big reveal, we are hosting a month of giveaways around the net!
Kicking off your FNQ party right here, we are giving away
FOUR $25.00 gift certificates
(and don’t forget…there’s free shipping!)
to use on the brand new www.fabricsnquilts.com website!  We will include a little extra prize pack in each winner’s package too.  We like to cater our gifties to each person, based on what we think they might like/what awesome goodies they chose.
Here’s how to enter:  1 entry for each, do as many or as few as you’d like.  Leave a separate comment for each entry.
  1. Go check out the new www.fabricsnquilts.com.  Come back and tell us what you like and what goodies you found!  (I will give you an extra entry if you actually pick something not on the home page)
  2. Like us on Facebook, or tell us you do
  3. Follow the blog, in the means you like to use (Rss, Bloglovin’, etc.) and tell us you do
  4. Follow along on Instagram
  5. Share our giveaway with #fabricsnquilts hashtag on social media & come back & tell us you did.  You’ll find handy share buttons at the bottom of this post.
I will draw winners on Friday, April 17th, so entries must be on this blog post by that morning, CST.
Check out all the other giveaways coming up in our Blog Hop!
I will be back with link ups as these posts go live, but be sure to bookmark these great quilting blogs now!
This week:
Persimon Dreams: http://persimondreams.blogspot.com/ (Kim will post her giveaway on April 14th)
Quilt Shop Gal: http://quiltshopgal.com/
Next week:
Quilting Gallery: http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/
Mary Mack Made Mine: http://teachpany.blogspot.com/
Weekend of 5/1:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict: http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/
Life in the Scrapatch: http://scrapatches.blogspot.com/

We wouldn’t be here without you.  You’ve made our success possible and we are excited to start our next chapter! 

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